Museum of Sydney

Photograph of a wooden model depicting a First Fleet ship.
First Fleet Ships


Ship size length: 32 metres (105 feet); width: 8.5 metres (28 feet); weight: 343 tonnes (338 tons)

Painting of first Government House created by Jacob Janssen, 1850.

Demolished: First Government House

Built on a prominent rise overlooking Sydney Cove, first Government House served as the official residence and administrative office for the first nine governors of New South Wales

Edge of the Trees installation, Museum of Sydney forecourt
Permanent display

Edge of Trees

This site-specific piece commissioned for the forecourt of the Museum of Sydney at its opening in 1995 was created by artists Fiona Foley and Janet Laurence

Guests at the launch of Sydney Open 2018 listening to speakers Dr Caroline Butler Bowden, Director of Strategy and Engagement at Sydney Living Museums and Lisa Davies, Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald in the Gold Melting Room at the Mint
Past Event

Films: Just Not Australian

Watch a curated selection of films that relate to the themes of the exhibition and the included works

First Fleet ship models, Museum of Sydney
Permanent display

First Fleet Ships

This display explores the journey, arrival and first contacts of this fleet’s largely unwilling human cargo

First Government House foundation plate

When the foundation plate was rediscovered in 1899 the site of first Government House was a distant memory

First Nations Speaker Series Logo
8 June, 6pm

First Nations Speaker Series

Celebrating NSW Aboriginal languages revival from a cross-generational perspective

[First Government House, Sydney] / watercolour drawing by John Eyre

First encounters

The Museum of Sydney is built on and around a site that links us to the very beginnings of modern Australia

'Private pole, do not climb' by Joan Ross
29 April, 2pm
Past Event

Floor Talk: Meet the Artist and Curator

Join us for an afternoon talk with artists Joan Ross and Liam Benson along with Artspace deputy director Michelle Newton in the Just Not Australian exhibition space